How mustard helps you go from fat to fit

A new research has revealed that a specific plant steroid triggers a response similar to anabolic steroids with minimal side effects.

Homobrassinolide, which is found in the mustard plant, produces an anabolic effect, increases appetite and muscle mass along with the number and size of muscle fibres.

`We hope that one day brassinosteroids may provide an effective, natural, and safe alternative for age- and disease-associated muscle loss, or be used to improve endurance and physical performance,` Slavko Komarnytsky, a researcher involved in the work from the Plants for Human Health Institute said.

`Because some plants we eat contain these compounds, like mustards, in the future we may be able to breed or engineer these plants for higher brassinosteroid content, thus producing functional foods that can treat or prevent diseases and increase physical performance,` he stated.

Komarnytsky and his colleagues exposed rat skeletal muscle cells to different amounts of homobrassinolide and measured protein synthesis in cell culture, which resulted in increased protein synthesis and decreased protein degradation in these cells.

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